Codex Granatensis: De Natura Rerum & Tacuinum Sanitatis

16th century. Ibn Butlan. Library of the University of Granada, Spain. Texts in Latin.

One of the most valuable codices of biological and medical content.

Illustrated with over 600 miniatures. 232 pages measuring 325 x 455 mm.

It consists of 12 manuscripts: 11 correspond to the scientific encyclopaedia De Natura Rerum by thomas of cantimprž (Tomás de Cantimpré) and the other, Tacuinum Sanitatis, to a treatise on practical medicine and dietetics, an abridged Latin version of the writings by Ibn Butlán, an 11th-century Arab physician. Included in the scientific encyclopaedia is a short treatise on falconry. Throughout the codex there are marginal notes in medieval German.

Accompanied by a splendid volume of studies and transcription (in English and Spanish).

Important: As these books have been stored for such a long time, some of the study volumes may have slight blemishes which are impossible to repair as they are numbered separately.

Last copies of the limited and numbered edition produced in 1973 and out of print for many years.

De Natura Rerum

De Natura Rerum, also known as Codex C-67, is a facsimile edition of the original codex written by Thomas of Cantimpré. This 15th-century codex is housed in the Biblioteca de la Universidad de Granada. The edition of Granada University Library features stunning illustrations that relate to the Gothic art and miniature painting of the period. The scene in this codex offers a unique look at the social and natural world during the 1201-1276 timeframe. 

The facsimile edition of De Natura Rerum highlights the art and color that was available during the 15th century in Andalusia. The Biblioteca Universitaria de Granada has multiple copies of this codex that showcase the intricate details and features of the original manuscript. Scholars like Luis García Ballester have studied and analyzed the content of C-67, offering valuable insights into the natural world and social practices of the time. 

Tacuinum Sanitatis

Tacuinum Sanitatis is a fascinating piece of medieval art that offers an insightful glimpse into the 15th century. This illuminated codex, also known as Codice C – 67, is housed at the Granada University Library in Andalusia. The facsimile edition of Granada University Library’s original Tacuinum Sanitatis features stunning miniatures that showcase the intricate details of Gothic art. One of the features of this edition is the inclusion of illustrations by Thomas of Cantimpré, a prominent artist of the period. The scenes depicted in the codex offer a vivid portrayal of daily life in the 1400s.

The title Tacuinum Sanitatis translates to “Table of Health” and the text is in Spanish, making it accessible to a wider audience. The illustrations in this manuscript are rich in color and detail, providing a visual feast for the eyes. The biblioteca universitaria de Granada has done a remarkable job in preserving this valuable piece of history for future generations to enjoy. Whether you are a history buff or simply appreciate art, Tacuinum Sanitatis is a must-have in your collection.

Images of Codex Granatensis de Natura Rerum Tacuinum Sanitatis

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